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VISTA 32 bit to Win7 64 bit

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hey everyone,

just a quick question. currently i am running 32 vista and want to upgrade to 64 bit 7. i have about 168 GB of info that i want to keep...do i actually have to back everything up? i know that a clean install means you have to wipe your old OS...but does this include other data...such as music...(i know you lose all installed programs as well) too? just trying to figure this thing out. the more i think about it i think i will have to back everything up but just some second info would be helpful!! thanks !!


(sorry if there was a similar post i only briefly searched for this question)


Ben
post #2 of 9
If you are doing a clean install to your only drive/partition, then yes, you'll have to back everything up.
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I would pick up a cheap 250 gig hard drive and clone your drive to it and then do a Win 7 upgrade.So if you lose any data during the upgrade it will be safe.There is a big difference in backing up and cloning.Win 7 should upgrade with out disturbing your data.With the cloned drive you will be protected from loss.
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If you are moving from 32 bit to 64 bit operating system you have no choice but to do a clean install.Therefore you would have to back up any data you want to keep.
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ok, would it work if i got a 32GB solid state HD and just used that to install Win7 64 bit? and just not touch nothing on my other HD
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yeah but remember to go into the bios and change the boot priority. I'm not sure if you will be able to remove the old OS once you do so, though. it might need the administrator to do so, which you won't be able to do using the new OS. You might be better off storing the music to another drive.
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So it would probably be a better idea to just to borrow a external HD that can fit all my stuff?
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Yes, clean install means EVERYTHING goes. And if you're going from 32 bit to 64 bit, you have to do a clean install. Back up important things and enjoy windows 7.
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Originally Posted by tmfotu View Post
So it would probably be a better idea to just to borrow a external HD that can fit all my stuff?
use an external, use another HDD, but move your stuff off that drive.

post if you have problems
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